Although NARPO had been formed in 1919, by 1945 there were very few Branches in the Counties. It would seem that at that time NARPO’s National Executive enlisted the aid of the County Chief Police Officers Committee (presumably the forerunner of ACPO) in an attempt to set up more County Branches. As a result on 8th August 1945 our own Chief Constable, Colonel Golden, wrote to NARPO’s General Secretary, Mr William Isted, at the national office then at 5/6 Red Lion Square, London. The following day, 9th August 1945 (postal services were obviously much better in those days), Mr Isted wrote to Col. Golden enclosing “leaflets as requested” and thanking him for the interest that he was taking.
Nothing happened at that time, but in late in 1947 NARPO Head Office again wrote to Col. Golden asking that facilities be provided for an open meeting at the Force Headquarters on 8th December 1947, and that a notice of that meeting be sent to every member of the Force.
By January 1948 a Wiltshire Branch had been established centred on Salisbury, and a few years later a North Wiltshire Branch had also been formed. Subsequently the two Branches merged into the organisation that we still have to this day.
To celebrate our Diamond Jubilee in 2008 we produced a 12 page booklet outlining the history and reproducing documents traced at the Wiltshire and Swindon Heritage Centre (formerly County Archives). You nay download a copy of this in Adobe Acrobat PDF format by clicking on the image on this page.
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